Assistant Professor, Microbiology

Assistant Professor, Microbiology

The Department of Biology at Wake Forest University invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level who are broadly trained in microbiology and who will complement our existing strengths with a thriving, extramurally-funded research program on Bacteria, Archaea, or microbial eukaryotes and their interactions with other species or with their environments. Those whose research is driven largely by questions drawn from an applied medical perspective are less likely to be a good match for this position. We seek a teacher-scholar with a strong commitment to engaging students both in the classroom and through research mentorship at the undergraduate, MS, and PhD levels. The successful candidate will teach an upper-level course in microbiology, with opportunities to develop additional courses in their area of interest. For more information and to apply see:

Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University (WFU) is a private university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that combines a small (approximately 5000 undergraduates) liberal arts collegiate university with 2,200 graduate students in schools of arts and science, medicine, law, business, and divinity. The Department of Biology awards both Masters and Ph.D. degrees. The quality of the undergraduate and graduate teaching environments is outstanding, and our faculty combine commitment to that mission with nationally and internationally recognized leadership in research. The Biology department spans both WFU campuses (Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown), and offers many shared facilities in support of research, including a fully staffed, state-of-the art microscopy facility. Comprehensive Next Generation DNA sequencing (NGS) capabilities are located in the Cancer Genomics Shared Resource laboratory located at the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center Medical School campus, including sample processing, library preparation, automated high throughput sample handling, and sequencing on multiple Illumina NGS platforms (MiSeq and NextSeq 500). Comprehensive bioinformatics and biostatistical analysis is available from the Bioinformatics Shared Resource and the Biostatistics Shared Resource located in the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Teaching loads are consistent with our high expectations for research, and Wake Forest typically ranks in the top 30 of all U.S. universities in U.S. News & World Report's Guide to America's Best Colleges and Universities and the top 10 of undergraduate Biology majors by College Factual. We offer undergraduate degrees in Biology (BA and BS) and a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BS, joint with Chemistry). Opportunities exist for collaboration with researchers from the Biology and Chemistry departments, the WFU Center for Molecular Signaling (, the WFU Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (, and the Wake Forest School of Medicine ( The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “Pro Humanitate.” For quick facts about the University, go to

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Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2017 until the position is filled. Applicants should apply online with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and separate statements of research interest and teaching philosophy with each statement no more than 5 pages. Please note that materials should be in either Word or PDF format and there is a limit of 5 file uploads per applicant. At least three signed confidential letters of recommendation must be sent via email to The submission of an online application for Wake Forest University is required for this position.

Questions about the application process may be addressed to Questions about the position may be addressed to the search committee at For more information, see:

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for all final faculty candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and inclusivity, and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest University is an AA/EO employer and values an inclusive and diverse learning community and campus climate.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States